NASA just released the raw imagery from the Cassini probe’s July 19th imaging session of the Earth, and the first unofficial versions of the images are now coming through thanks to the amateurs who have been working on processing them. The official versions are expected to be released by NASA within the next few days, but for now enjoy the beautiful unofficial version posted below. 🙂
As we reported previously, this is the first time that natural-color images of the Earth as seen from the Saturn system have been taken — as well as being the first time that Cassini’s highest-resolution camera was used to photograph the Earth and the Moon.
Just as NASA researchers had predicted — in the new image the Earth appears as nothing but a pale blue dot. It’ll be interesting to see how the Earth appears once NASA finishes stitching their images and releases the finished mosaic — current expectations are that that’ll be in a few weeks.
As was reported then: “While (the) Earth will be only about a pixel in size from Cassini’s vantage point 898 million away, the team is looking forward to giving the world a chance to see what their home looks like from Saturn,” said Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.